Summary

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Teaching English began as a way for me to explore the world. Never did I imagine that I would enjoy it so much that it would become my career. Since then, I have been working with young EFL and ESL learners from South Korea, China and many other countries and cultural backgrounds, working in both traditional and Montessori settings. Despite my extensive experience and training in my field, I am interested in further developing my skills as a mainstream teacher having recently earned my K-12 ESOL teaching certification in the state of Florida.

I have my Master of Arts degree in TEFL/TESL from The University of Birmingham U.K. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. I began my teaching career primarily teaching university English classes and developed an interest in Second Language Acquisition with younger learners. In addition, I have organized and conducted interactive young learner workshops and presented at conferences to other ESL professionals through KOTESOL.

I am continually upgrading my skill set; I recently completed an online course through Coursera from the US State Department and the University of Portland and plan to take three more subject tests through the Florida Department of Education in order to be able to teach other subjects. As Aristotle said, “education is the provision for old age” and with my lifelong love of learning I wish to convey that passion for education to my students.

My Teaching Philosophy

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My aspirations as a teacher begin with encouraging competency in the English language. Adaptability, accountability and amiability are the three tenets of my personal teaching philosophy and ultimately I strive to provide meaningful learning, promote critical thinking and guide students through quality instruction in ways that pique student interest.

Adaptability-When planning curricula, creating class content or designing activities, I try to keep in mind the many learning styles my students possess. I keep the activities varied and use methods that work best for student learning styles. I also believe in the importance of keeping the content relevant, comprehensible and challenging enough to maintain student willingness to participate. I fondly remember the teachers who helped me 'get' complex ideas, or made difficult concepts obvious and/or relevant and they are the teachers who have shaped and continue to influence my teaching philosophy.

Accountability-Formative and summative assessments are major elements of my classroom and with frequent, high quality and immediate feedback, students have a clear view of their progress at all times. Other elements important to my class include peer-assessment, self-reflection and scaffolding to promote ownership and community within the classroom. Combined with motivating lesson plans and authentic class materials connected to the real world, students become engaged and have the advantage of an evolving, student-centered classroom specific to their needs.

As an amiable, responsible and dependable colleague who enjoys working within a team to share materials and ideas, I am also capable of managing my own classes and responsibilities with strong self-motivation. I enjoy collaborating with colleagues and contributing to a positive team atmosphere all while supporting school aims. However, being open and available for informal discussions with students is just as essential to my approach. It ensures that students feel comfortable with what they are learning and in the end, enriches my own experience.

Quotes

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joyjobs check mark“He is one of the most motivating teachers I have ever seen in our field as he constantly tries to get more out of his students using both humour and simple explanations of abstract concepts. His classes are highly student-centered and during my observation, students were producing either spoken or written English. During class activities, he had excellent class coverage ensuring that students were on task and using L2. Overall, his classroom incorporates a low teacher-talk time and promotes the students’ practice of all four language skills.”

Stephane Lanteigne, Current Coordinator
Yeungnam University Foreign Language Institute
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joyjobs check mark“Terry’s interactions with students are positive; he gives varied feedback and uses his sense of humor to encourage students to stay on task and in English. His activities are engaging and varied and his “restate the task” comprehension checks ensure that students are not confused or distressed. Students appreciate his enthusiasm as he brings good positive energy to his classes.”

Jessica Dickau, Immediate Past Coordinator;
Yeungnam University Foreign Language Institute
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joyjobs check mark“I was able to see Terry in action and observed that he promoted a positive atmosphere by praising students and using their own work as examples. He provided relevant feedback and monitoring (especially when students needed clarification). His classes were student-centered with pair-work and peer-revision activities while speaking and writing skills were well integrated with mind maps, paragraph activities and interviews. Overall, students enjoyed being in his classroom and their rapport was evident.”

MaryKay Severino, Past Assistant-Coordinator;
Yeungnam University Foreign Language Institute
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joyjobs check mark“I first met Terry years ago when he was starting his Masters and I was at the beginning of my second year, and we agreed to exchange papers. His feedback was always prompt, useful, clear and concise. As he progressed through his degree his own papers became better and better, and has since become a competent writer in the field of English Language Teaching particularly with younger learners. I believe his observations and research will be useful to the field of teaching young learners for years to come.

Terry is and always has been friendly and helpful. Firmly committed to professional development and his students, he was an active member of the Pusan chapter of KOTESOL (when he lived there) and was always happy to help out with organizing conferences, planning chapter meetings and presenting. I think Terry is a terrific teacher whose students feel like they are in good hands.”

Brad Serl
Past President Busan/Gyeongnam KOTESOL
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joyjobs check mark“I worked with Terry directly while he was teaching EFL classes to over 150 students from Grades 4 to 6. Students and teachers alike always looked forward to seeing him because he was highly motivated, professional and sincere. He enjoyed his students and was loved by them by always preparing his lessons with the utmost concern for student welfare and comprehension. He encouraged students and tried to instill in them a feeling of confidence and positivity.”

Han Jimin, 3rd Grade Homeroom Teacher
Yong-ji Elementary School, Changwon, Korea
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Updated: 13-Nov-2014